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Compline, Ancient Prayers for the Modern Soul

May 3 @ 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Compline, Ancient Prayers for the Modern Soul

The service of Compline {pronounced cóm-plin} is based on the closing time of prayer in the Daily Office, or monastic cycle of prayer. It is said in monasteries around 9:00 PM when darkness has fallen and bedtime is near.


The thoughts that inspire the prayers during Compline are the need for divine forgiveness and protection against the powers of darkness. Prayers for peace and rest are also spoken or sung as night falls.


At Saint James, Compline is sung by candlelight in the beautifully lit sanctuary on the First Friday of every month.The all-volunteer choir is a group of highly skilled singers who come from around Lancaster County and as far away as the Philadelphia suburbs, York and Hershey. The singers form a semicircle in the apse or on the chancel, depending upon the size of the group. Some prayers and readings are chanted by the cantor or the choir, and some pieces are sung in harmony. The service lasts about 30 minutes and has been held every First Friday for over six years.


Selections include a beautiful Anglican chant setting of Psalm 67 by Edward Bairstow.

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you O God; let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy.


May 3
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Saint James Episcopal Church
103 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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